At the end of July the summer holidays look as if they are stretching out in front of us forever. Six weeks can feel like a very long time! The books that I have selected this month should give you lots of ideas of things to do whatever the weather and whether you are at home or away on holiday.
If you want to set yourself a challenge for the summer and you are aged four to eleven then visit your local library and take part in The Summer Reading Challenge. It’s free to take part! You simply register at your local library and receive your record breaking themed challenge pack. You then undertake the challenge to read 6 books in 6 weeks. You select the books you read – fiction or non-fiction, graphic novels and audio books are among the books you can choose from. Or you could choose your six books from the list below!
Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford Age 7 and above
‘Where’s Wally?’ is the first in the Where’s Wally series and was created over 25 years ago. Follow Wally on a trip around the world, searching for him, his girlfriend Wanda, Woof the dog, Odlaw and Wizard Whitebeard in each scene. You can also look for the hundreds of items on ‘The Great Where’s Wally Checklist’ in the back of the book.
© Walker Books Ltd, London SE11 5HJ
Puzzle Island (Child's Play Library) by Paul Adshead Age 7 and above
Ambrose Forgarty has written you to you asking you to take a trip to puzzle island. He needs your help to solve the puzzles and save the one of the rarest creatures in the world from extinction. On each page there are animals hidden in the beautiful illustrations of the different parts of the island. The missing letters on the edge of each page need to be rearranged to make the names of the hidden animals.
Errata: A Book of Historical Errors By AJ Wood Illustrated by Hemesh Alles Age 8 and above
An aeroplane flying over an Aztec village and power tools being used to help build The Great Wall of China – surely that can’t be right! In this historical activity book the reader is taken through twelve different eras in history and challenged to find the historical errors hidden in the pictures. Correct versions of the illustrations are provided, along with information about each of the different periods in history.
RSPB 365 outdoor activities you have to try by DK and RSPB Age 5 and above
With outdoor activities for all interests and abilities this is a great book of ideas to get the whole family exploring the natural world. The clear step-by-step instructions and photographs show you want to do and most of the activities only need resources such as paper, sand or soil. If you’re planning a holiday where you want to be outdoors whatever the weather then this is the book for you!
The stick book: Loads of things you can make or do with a stick by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield Age 5 and above
Picking up a stick is a natural thing for a child to do. This book contains lots of suggestions regarding what to do with your stick once you have it. The ideas range from building a den to making a wind chime, are mostly cheap or inexpensive and often lead to adventure! Find yourself a stick and get reading!
The super book for super heroes Age 8 and up
Creating your own superhero universe is easy once you have this book to help you! It contains hints and tips on drawing villains and creating superheroes. There are many ideas about superhero hideouts, outfits and gadgets. You can also send secret messages using a code wheel and even turn yourself into a superhero using a mask – just remember not to tell anyone your secret identity!
How to write your best story ever – Chris Edge Age 7 and up
If you want to spend your summer holidays writing stories then this is the book for you! Detailed explanations of literary words and quotes from a wide range of stories help you to understand how professional writers write stories. There are sections devoted to a wide range of different types of stories you could write from crime and thrillers to comedy and romance, and all of these are accompanied by hints, tips and vocabulary suggestions related to the genre.
The Usborne travel activity book by Rebecca Gilpin illustrated by Erica Harrison
Colourful pages offer a wide range of things to do while you are travelling between places or once you arrive at your destination. There are doodles to draw, games to play, codes to crack, puzzles to solve and lots, lots more.
© Usborne Children’s Books
How to be a spy by Dan Waddell illustrated by Nikalas Catlow Age 8 and up
Spotting double agents, beating lie detector tests and ways of passing information to other spies are all covered in this book. Learn how to create a secret identity and become a spy during your summer break. Factual information is shared with the reader in an interactive way with flaps to lift. At the same time as developing your own spy skills you can follow the story of Agent X, an ordinary boy whose long-lost uncle has recruited to become a spy.
© Walker Books Ltd, London SE11 5HJ
The Great Race Maze by Anna Nilsen Age 7 and up
Get ready for a fantastic trip around the world from the Arctic through, Moscow and ending up in Australia! Travel in many different ways including submarines and sleighs, boats and trains. Beware of the detours, pitfalls and hazards you might meet on the way and try not to get lost in the maze!
These are just a few of the fantastic activity books that are available at your local library or book shop. If you have a particular area of interest or a favourite television character then there is probably an activity book out there just for you! Enjoy your summer and enjoy your reading!
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I hope that this monthly blog will give readers ideas about which books might appeal to those who are reluctant to read or have dyslexia. Dyslexia Action’s leaflet encouraging young reluctant readers is a good start for those who are looking to support young reluctant readers and readers with dyslexia. Dyslexia Action also offers tuition with specialist teachers to support those who may need extra help. Once needs have been identified, our specialist teachers can work with children, young people and adults to develop coping strategies that can assist with skills like reading and writing. For some, extra tuition can be a life-line.
The Book Blog is written by Alison Keeley who looks after Dyslexia Action’s Learning Centres in the South of England. Prior to joining Dyslexia Action Alison worked as a Deputy Head and for Booktrust. She has always read a wide range of children’s literature even though she technically stopped being a child some time ago. If you have any questions or suggestions about subjects for future blogs please do leave a comment below.
Reading hints and tips leaflet for young reluctant readers